Psychiatry: Stress in Fight & Flight

When primitive man found himself confronting a savage beast, according to the great physiologist Walter B. Cannon (1871-1945), his hormone system poured out a flood of adrenaline to equip him equally well for "fight or flight." Now it is known that the hormone system is far more complex. Besides adrenaline, and perhaps more important, there are the hormones produced in the adrenal gland's cortex—hydrocortisone and closely related compounds. And a new study indicates that today's fighting man, far from flooding himself with such hormones in times of stress, actually finds subconscious ways to suppress them.

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